Jubilee red tape discarded

STREET parties celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee will only require the permission of a single council following a move to simplify the application process.

Previously people wanting to organise street gatherings needed the approval of district and borough councils, as well as the county council to secure a “Special Events Order”.

However, in the week Queen Elizabeth marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, Suffolk County Council announced it will be the sole authority responsible for giving community celebrations the go ahead.

Guy McGregor, the county council’s portfolio holder for roads and transport said: “Our aim is to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the Jubilee weekend and that organisers jobs are made a lot easier by cutting the amount of ‘red tape’ that can often surround these events.”

The authority is urging party organisers to celebrate in community areas such as recreation grounds and cul-de-sacs as this will lessen the impact on traffic flow and mean residents incur no fees.

To obtain permission to hold street events over the extended Jubilee weekend from June 2 to 5 visit www.suffolk.gov.uk.